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BMA launches manifesto ahead of 2015 General Election

NHS must be at the top of the agenda, doctors urge

Jo Carlowe

Monday, 15 September 2014

The British Medical Association has published a manifesto ahead of the 2015 General Election. 

The short manifesto ‘Four Steps to a Healthier Nation’ outlines the key areas that BMA doctors believe should be the priority for a new government ahead of next year’s general election. 

The four steps focus on what is needed to deliver high quality patient care in, what the BMA describes as “the face of rising demand and unprecedented funding challenges”.

The four steps identified are:

  1. Working in partnership with doctors to ensure a sustainable NHS
  2. Supporting the medical workforce
  3. Improving the health of the public
  4. Assuring the quality and safety of patient care

Commenting on the publication of the manifesto Dr Mark Porter (pictured), Chair of BMA Council, said: “The quality of patient care and the enormous challenges facing the NHS will be key issues at the heart of next year’s general election.

“Politicians need to work more closely with doctors and other health professionals to ensure the future of the health service. Doctors care for patients day in day out, we see their concerns and frustrations at first hand. Our manifesto outlines what doctors believe is needed to ensure the NHS continues to deliver a world-class health service both in terms of excellent care and value for money.”

In addition, Dr Porter stressed the need to protect against the “creeping privatisation” of the health service.

“Doctors want an NHS that prioritises patient care above all. To do this, services need to be properly funded and we need to reverse the creeping privatisation that has taken place under successive governments and compromises the quality of patient care.

“The NHS is facing a £30bn black hole in funding, while demand on services has never been greater. Our GP surgeries are full, waiting lists are at a six year high, a quarter of hospital trusts are in the red - securing the future of the NHS must be at the top of the next government’s agenda.”

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